10/4/2021 – Annual Meeting & Educational Speaker – The Public is Welcome and Encouraged to attend this event.

Educational Speaker and Annual Member Meeting
Open to the Public
Monday, October 4th, 2021 @ 6:30p

The GPIP Annual Member Meeting will be held on Monday, October 4th at the Riverfront Community Center. Starting at 6:30p we will have sign up for Fall & Winter project work parties and some social time. Around 7:00p we will hold a very short member meeting which includes voting of both Officers and Directors. This will be followed by our guest speaker and educator. The Public is Welcome and Encouraged  to attend this event.
Jim Sirch gathers seed from Bowman’s Root (Gillenia trifoliata), a wildflower native to the Northeast.    Photo by Willow Sirch

James “Jim” Sirch sharing his knowledge about Propagating Pollinator Plants from Seed
Jim Sirch is the Education Coordinator at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Jim was past president and is currently on the board of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust and the CT Native Plant Working Group. A certified CT Master Gardener, Jim gives talks throughout the state on gardening for pollinators and growing native plants from seed and is dedicated to helping improve backyard biodiversity. Jim was featured in the Members Making a Difference section of the Summer 2016 issue of the American Horticultural Society’s American Gardener magazine. Jim also authors a weekly nature blog called Beyond Your Back Door at:  www.beyondyourbackdoor.net

Including native plants in your garden is a great way to help pollinators. Expand your native plantings inexpensively by growing them yourself from seed. In this workshop we’ll discover different germination requirements for different kinds of seeds and how to plant a plastic milk jug filled with a seed selection to stratify over the winter. Proper after care will be discussed.

If you have a CDC or State of Connecticut qualifying reason to not wear a mask, you will be exempt with proof of your exemption.

Small individual snacks will be offered with a small bottle of water.
Seating will be spaced out as best we can.